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Old 27th Jul 2016, 11:36
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Ms Bobridge claims the helicopter got caught on a landing mat as she attempted to takeoff, flipping it over.

“I always maintained that right skid never left the ground,” she said. “It literally felt like someone was standing on my skid.”

The court heard Ms Bobridge worked to correct the crash before she “reached the point of no return” and took her hands of the controls.

“I looked out of the window and I could see the ground coming to my face. At that point I let go and covered my head,” she said.
Dynamic rollover, anyone?

Having done heaps of landings on those mats, there's nothing to "catch a helicopter".
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Old 27th Jul 2016, 12:24
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...and it doesn't take much work on the controls to correct the situation either
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 16:34
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Ok I am missing something.


If the accident was caused by an unsecured ballast bag then the pilot is at fault.
If the accident was caused by the skid being caught, on trying to lift the pilot felt that the skid was caught but carried on / had been so aggressive with the lift they could not stop - why is that not the pilot's fault?


Never landed on these pads, but had a skid "stick" in muddy conditions many times. Unless you are attempting to jerk the aircraft into the air, which is pretty foolhardy, why would you not lower the collective when you felt the skid was stuck?
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 16:51
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why would you not lower the collective when you felt the skid was stuck?
Some pilots like to "jump" off the deck whilst others like to "feel" it off gently.
Perhaps she is a jumper and not a feeler?
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Old 28th Jul 2016, 23:10
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I'm very disappointed with this thread. I thought it was going to be a photo of Lara Bingle climbing into a helicopter along with a caption along the lines of "where the bloody hell are ya knickers"...

Apologies. I'll get me coat....
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Old 29th Jul 2016, 03:49
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Originally Posted by krypton_john View Post
I'm very disappointed with this thread. I thought it was going to be a photo of Lara Bingle climbing into a helicopter along with a caption along the lines of "where the bloody hell are ya knickers"...

Apologies. I'll get me coat....


No worries, it'll get to the gutter soon enough anyway.....


I don't agree that pilots who have sued their employer never work again, there's some who have done so for much better reasons than this though......
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Old 29th Jul 2016, 06:34
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I can't see how an employer can take legal action against a pilot for crashing their helicopter, assuming all things like licenses and medicals etc being in order. Even pilots who run out of fuel, I don't recall anybody being sued by an employer for this.

As for the pilot taking legal action against the employer, the arguments there would be more interesting. Particularly in this instance where the employer claims the pilot was an independent contractor, employer trying to distance themselves for this reason may be difficult. The pilot might get some traction here if the training record fails to show she was adequately trained for the task required. Although there is an assumption that a licensed pilot has the knowledge to lower the collective if the helicopter starts to roll over on lift-off. No doubt with a barrister on her side against an employer representing himself puts the odds squarely in her favour than would otherwise be the case.
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